The Superliga returns for a fresh season and so the Golazo Team & Goal of the week is back.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from the opening round, along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. All stats come courtesy of WhoScored.com, who also provide previews and live in-play match stats for all Superliga matches. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it…
Esteban Andrada || Boca Juniors
For many the best goalkeeper in Argentina, Esteban Andrada kept Boca Juniors in the game against Huracán making three huge saves during a difficult first half.
Cristian Chimino || Patronato
Aside from a lung-bursting run to finish off Patronato’s counter and slide in the game’s only goal, Cristian Chimino was excellent in his defensive duties. A league-high eight tackles (100%) and three clearances were a factor behind Patronato’s crucial clean sheet.
Cristian Lema || Newell’s Old Boys
What a signing Cristian Lema could prove to be for Newell’s. Always dominant in the air, the former Belgrano defender won 12 aerial challenges and with nine clearances and 100% tackle success aside from his tremendous defending display, Lema displayed an ability to play out from the back.
Jonathan Bottinelli || Unión
Unión weren’t expected to get anything from an opening day trip to Racing but a tremendous rearguard action saw the visitors leave with a point. Jonathan Bottinelli made eleven clearances, three interceptions and two tackles (100%) to keep Racing at bay.
Gastón Silva || Independiente
Linked with a move away earlier in the window Gastón Silva produced one of his best displays for Independiente perhaps given a new lease of life by Sebastián Beccacece. Although playing more centrally, the Uruguayan went close with a free-kick and during a terrific defensive performance made five clearances, won possession eight times and 100% of his aerial challenges.
Julián Fernández || Newell’s Old Boys
Straight into the starting eleven after signing from Palestino and an influential display. Eight tackles and two interceptions in the middle of the park, Julián Fernández was also outstanding in possession, posting a game-high 92% pass accuracy.
Fabián Rinaudo || Rosario Central
A terrific all-round midfield performance from Fabián Rinaudo created the foundation for Central’s win over Atlético Tucumán. Five tackles (100%) and two interceptions helping out at one end along with four dribbles and two key passes at the other.
Marcelino Moreno || Lanús
Marcelino Moreno completed a game-high eight successful dribbles and at the end of one such example crossed for Lanús’ opening goal.
Mauro Formica || Newell’s Old Boys
There were a number of good performances in Newell’s Old Boys win over Central Córdoba but Mauro Formica made them tick as an attacking unit. Three dribbles and one key pass, the 31-year-old was a constant nuisance to the newly promoted side.
Player of the week
Nahuel Barrios || San Lorenzo
The solitary bright spot under Jorge Almirón, now is the moment for Nahuel Barrios. The 21-year-old remained in the side and with San Lorenzo more of an offensive unit, Perrito was able to shine – a well taken goal, five dribbles and one key pass it was a typically energetic display from the youngster.
Federico González || Estudiantes
Despite not getting on the scoresheet Federico González proved just how useful he will be to Estudiantes this season. His aerial ability provided a focal point to the attack and set up the game’s only goal for Jonathan Schunke but with five successful dribbles and three key passes, the new signing was a creative spark.
Goal of the week
Jonathan Menéndez – TALLERES v Vélez
Ciro Rius – Atlético Tucumán v ROSARIO CENTRAL